Collection: Bell Family Genealogy

The Bell Coat of Arms

A Coat of Arms is an emblem which is displayed by titled persons, persons of royal blood, and their descendants. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Coats of Arms were originally used for purposes of identification and recognition on the field of battle as well as in civil life. It is claimed by some writers that Coats of Arms, in a crude form, were used by Noah’s sons after the flood. There are records of other Coats of Arms, in one crude form or another, at different periods of ancient history. Heraldry, however, as we know it today, did not become of much importance until soon after the invasion of England by William the Conqueror, A. D. 1066. Heraldry became of general interest at about the time of the Crusades. The Bell Coat of Arms shown on the cover of this book is the Arms of Sir Robert Bell (died 1577), knight, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. It embodies...

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New Jersey Branch of Bells

John Bell was witness to a will in 1734 and constable of Richmond township in 1742. His probable children were: 1. Onesimus (Simeon); 2. Jabesh (ch: Abraham, Hannah Kelsey, Mehitable Klausen, Unice Moon, Susanna W[h?]eaton, Elizabeth Fairchild, Deliverance Brown, Catherine Coleman and Abigail Bell); 3. John (children: John, Jeremiah, Levi, Easter); 4....

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Pennsylvania Branch of Bells

William Bell came from Ireland about 1780 and settled in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania . He had previously married Kitty Parks of Dublin, and had one child, John. The wife and son joined the father and they settled in Stony Creek valley. John Bell became a linen weaver and served in the war of 1812, dying in barracks on Lake Erie . Children: William, John, Polly, Catherine, Eliza, Sarah and George. Walter Bell of Ireland had William, Walter and Janet. Walter Bell, the second, married Janet Knox and had William, John, Samuel, David, Robert and Walter. All the children except William came to America with their father, either to the Carolinas about 1768, or to Pennsylvania earlier. William Bell, son of Walter and Jane (Knox) Bell , born in 1747, lived in Ennyvale, county Monaghan , Ireland , becore coming to America . Eight children were born in Ireland, 1769-1789, but were brought to Pennsylvania by their parents; Sarah, Rachel, Walter, John, William, Samuel, Ann and Elizabeth. Two children, David, 1793, and Mary, 1794, were born in Path Valley, Penn. Matthew Bell, son of Matthew Bell of Scotland and Ireland , and elder brother of John Bell who founded the Londonderry , N. H., family was born near Coleraine, county Londonderry , about 1677. He came to America about 1710, landed in New York , later settled in Chester county,...

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Early Virginia Bell Immigrants

John, 1657, Yorke county; George, 1650; John, 1648, York River county; Alexander, 1654, Lower Norfolk county; John. 1654, Lower Norfolk county; John, 1642; Christian, 1650, Northumberland county; Richard, 1645, Isle of Wight county; John, 1655, Lancaster county; John, 1649; William, 1650; Jarvis, 1643, Upper Norfolk county; Pieter, 1652, Isle of Wight county; Thomas, 1638, Accomack county; George, 1638, James City county; Richard, 1651, Yorke county; John, 1638, James City county; William, 1640, Charles City county; William, 1635. One Virginia colonial family was descended from Matthew Bell of Scotland and Ireland . Joseph Bell, youngest son of Matthew Bell of Ireland and Pennsylvania , was born in Lancaster county, Penn. , about 1714. He moved to Augusta county, Va. , in 1740, being one of the original settlers of the county. Children: William, Susan, Wayt, Elizabeth, James, William A., Margaret and John J. James Bell, son of James Bell, had William A., John J., David S., J. Wayt, Henderson M. and three daughters. William Bell, son of John Bell, was born about 1740 in Lancaster county, Penn. He moved to Culpepper county, Va. Son, William Bell, born about 1775, had Peter H., governor of Texas; James, William; a daughter who married Governor William Smith of Virginia; and John. James Bell located near Buffalo Gap in the North Mountain region. Children: James, Samuel, Francis, Ann, Betty, Mary. William Bell, the immigrant...

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Other Bells of New England

Thomas Bell was in Roxbury , Mass. , in 1635, and was made a freeman there in 1636. He left Roxbury about 1654 and died in England . James Bell was in Taunton about 1650. He had children born in Taunton: Jane, July 4, 1658; John, August 15, 1660; James, July 10, 1663; Nathaniel, January 7, 1665; Sarah, September 15, 1666; Elizabeth, November 15, 1668; Mary, July 7, 1669 (?); Joseph, June 27, 1670; Esther, August 15, 1672. Philip Bell was in Boston in 1668. Shadrach Bell of Portsmouth, N. H., had, by his wife Rachel: Shadrach, born July 3, 1685; Elizabeth, March 19, 1687; Meschek, January 29, 1690; Benjamin, August 5,1695; Thomas, May 12, 1690. Thomas Bell, of Boston , 1637, was a member of the artillery company in 1643. Children: John, August 24, 1638 ; John, March 4, 1640 ; Tarbitha, March 24, 1641; Thomas, August 3, 1642; Hopestill, July, 1644; Moremercy, January 14, 1647; Deborah, November 29, 1650; Joseph, October 9, 1653. Thomas Bell was in Stonington , Conn. , 1667-79. Robert Bell was of Hartford , Conn. , in 1683. He died July 29, 1684 . Children: John, Robert and Mary. Thomas Bell was of Fairfield County , Conn. , in 1670, and died before January, 1686. John Bell was in Sandwich , Mass. , in 1643 and in Yarmouth in 1657. Daughters: Elizabeth and...

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New York Branch of Bells

Jonathan Bell, only son of Francis and Rebecca Bell, was one of the leading men of Stamford , being a selectman, representative, lieutenant and captain. He died March 11, 1699 . He married, first, August 22, 1662 , Mercy Crane. Children, all born in Stamford , were: Jonathan, Hannah and Rebecca. Jonathan Bell married, second, October 31, 1672 , Susanna Pierson. Children, all born in Stamford : Abigail, Abraham, Mercy, John, a daughter, James, Susanne and Mary. Jonathan Bell, only son of Jonathan and Mercy (Crane) Bell of Stamford, Conn., was born February 14, 1664 . He married, as his second wife, Deborah Ferris. James Bell, son of Jonathan and Deborah (Ferris) Bell, was born March 17, 1709-10. By his wife Sarah – he had: James, born in 1734; Isaac, 1736; Jacob, 1738; Sarah, 1741; Mary, 1745; Jesse, 1746; Abigail, 1748; Prudence, 1751; Jared, 1755. Isaac Bell, 1736-1809, second of the name, the immediate ancestor of the New York Bells, married Hannah Holley. Adhering to the royal cause at the time of the Revolution, Isaac Bell and his wife, like other loyalists, suffered many losses. He owned several mills in Stamford and was also a large shipping merchant in New York . Leaving Connecticut, he came within the British lines in New York, and when the British abandoned the city, in 1783, he took his family to St. Johns,...

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